Bluffing

Here's a few photos Nigel took last weekend in Bluff, a little port town way down the south end of the South Island of New Zealand. The weather was really wintry and we spent most of the time hunkered down by the fire in our apartment. It was cold, rainy, and I heard hard hail... Continue Reading →

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Three sheep by a cottage, Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand.

Going, Glowing, Green

As darkness descends we switch on the outside light between cottage and office, and the back porch glows green. We're quietly amused, yet at the same time we're rather fond of the effect.. I enjoy seeing the green glow when I look through the kitchen window 🙂 -- another colourful light that we've inherited with... Continue Reading →

Come On In

When I walked up the street yesterday in the glorious autumn sunshine, these three properties seemed to welcome me in with their feeling of open-ness and warmth. All three are very different but I felt drawn to each one. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand Either of the horizontal photos can be viewed larger (click on... Continue Reading →

Bedroom Lightshade

The last occupants of our new home were artists and worked in stained glass and in pottery. The couple have gone into care and we've inherited some of their work. Our bedroom lightshade is one example. It sits beneath the light-bulb and therefore dims the light. Having always favoured brightly lit rooms I had no... Continue Reading →

Looking At Houses

Remember when I visited the  Sunbeam Milk Bar  in Gore? We took a walk along a street while there and found the different properties very interesting, a surprising number of art deco details evident. They're humble abodes but I felt very at-home with the houses in this street; I remember that, in regard to the... Continue Reading →

Waikaia Poem

Yesterday afternoon after an art gallery event in Gore, we made a spur-of-the-moment decision to drive to Waikaia for pizza in the pub rather than return to our too-warm home in Gore (height of summer here in New Zealand). The photos here were all taken yesterday and I'm also presenting a Waikaia poem by Kay... Continue Reading →

Musselburgh Character

We've been away for two days.. more in future posts. I want to go back to our Dunedin trip on Thursday 17 January. Nigel (OH and landscape architect) needed to visit a job in Musselburgh so on arrival in Dunedin we drove straight to that suburb with just a little time to spare. He parked... Continue Reading →

Gore Xmas Houses

Here's a couple of houses decorated for Christmas in Gore, Southland, New Zealand from a late night drive around that Nigel and I did on Friday 21 December. We were pleasantly surprised by the number of residents willing to put in the effort to decorate! As I hit the publish button its getting very close... Continue Reading →

Summer Flowers

Here's some photos that we've taken of the flowers currently blooming in the garden of the property that we rent in Gore, Southland, New Zealand. Nigel took this photo a few hours ago from the bedroom above the garage. He's recently pruned the camellia balls back into spheres after their spring-flowering and subsequent growth. Its... Continue Reading →

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